Bomb squad eliminates suspicious package

Emergency crews are at Purdue University to investigate reports of a suspicious package at the Purdue Memorial Union Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (WLFI Photo/Austin Miller)
Emergency crews are at Purdue University to investigate reports of a suspicious package at the Purdue Memorial Union Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (WLFI Photo/Austin Miller)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue police called in the Tippecanoe County Bomb Squad to remove a suspicious package found on campus Wednesday.

The Purdue Police Department received the call at 10:20 a.m. for reports of a suspicious package found between Stewart Center and the Purdue Memorial Union.

The bomb squad used a robot to examine and destroy the package, shortly before noon. Police said the package contained a flashlight, a reflective belt and other items.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox said they haven’t determined if it was an explosive device, but said it certainly looked like one.

“It was a variety of equipment just wrapped up, taped up and wired to look suspicious,” said Cox. “It would lead anybody that had been around any sort of explosive device, or anything, to believe that there was a possibility it’s what it could have been.”

No injuries were reported, but portions of the Purdue Memorial Union and the Stewart Center were evacuated earlier Wednesday.

Other agencies that assisted on scene were the Purdue Fire Department, West Lafayette Police Department and the Tippecanoe Sheriff’s Office.

News 18 will continue to follow this story and will have updates as more information becomes available.

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